March 9, 1961

PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Starr:

Mr. Speaker, whatever policy is adopted with respect to the fund or the Unemployment Insurance Act will be announced at the appropriate time in the House of Commons.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ALLEGED ABUSES BY APPLICANTS FOR BENEFITS
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CCF

Frank Howard

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. I should like to ask the minister if he does not think it would be more beneficial to the unemployed if he were to direct his efforts toward providing employment?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ALLEGED ABUSES BY APPLICANTS FOR BENEFITS
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. The hon. member's question is, of course, just an attempt to make an argumentative assertion, which is quite out of order.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ALLEGED ABUSES BY APPLICANTS FOR BENEFITS
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COPYRIGHTS

REQUEST FOR REVISION OF ACT THIS SESSION


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Julia Verlyn (Judy) LaMarsh

Liberal

Miss Judy V. LaMarsh (Niagara Falls):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Acting Secretary of State in the absence of the Secretary of State, arising out of a report appearing in yesterday morning's Globe and Mail in regard to a letter from the Secretary of State to Mr. D. W. Thomson, president of the Canadian authors association, which stated that it might be possible to introduce a new copyright act in the next session. My question is, in view of the urgency of this matter-and admittedly there was a legitimate case made by the Canadian authors association in a brief presented last week-will the minister give serious consideration to introducing a bill to revise the Copyright Act at this session of parliament?

Topic:   COPYRIGHTS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REVISION OF ACT THIS SESSION
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PC

Ellen Louks Fairclough (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Ellen L. Fairclough (Acting Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, this matter of course has been under consideration for some time and arises out of the work of a royal commission which examined the whole situation over an extended period of several years. Although this does not come within my own department I do know that the Department of the Secretary of State is vitally concerned, and every consideration is being given to expediting the introduction of a bill.

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Inquiries of the Ministry NATIONAL DEFENCE

Topic:   COPYRIGHTS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REVISION OF ACT THIS SESSION
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D.E.W. LINE-FORWARDING OF SUPPLIES THROUGH WINNIPEG AND CHURCHILL


On the orders of the day: Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier:) Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Minister of National Defence. I would ask him if he has taken cognizance of a statement appearing in the Winnipeg Free Press of March 6 to the effect that the United States air force will abandon its plan to supply the distant early warning line through Winnipeg and Fort Churchill if award of a contract is delayed much longer.


PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. D. S. Harkness (Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, I think the hon. member will realize that I have no jurisdiction over the air transport board, and that this is not a matter which comes within the confines of my department at all.

Topic:   D.E.W. LINE-FORWARDING OF SUPPLIES THROUGH WINNIPEG AND CHURCHILL
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

I realize that, Mr. Speaker, but I was going to ask a supplementary question of the Minister of Transport. I asked the Minister of National Defence to comment as to whether this statement appearing in the Winnipeg Free Press is correct, and that the United States is likely to abandon its plan to supply the distant early warning line through Winnipeg and Fort Churchill.

Topic:   D.E.W. LINE-FORWARDING OF SUPPLIES THROUGH WINNIPEG AND CHURCHILL
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

All I can say, Mr. Speaker, is I have no knowledge in connection with this report.

Topic:   D.E.W. LINE-FORWARDING OF SUPPLIES THROUGH WINNIPEG AND CHURCHILL
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

May I ask a supplementary question of the Minister of Transport. The chairman of the air transport board, Mr. Davoud, has stated that before he can make any commitment he must wait for his minister to arrive back in Ottawa. The statement simply said that the word from the east was that the United States air force is becoming increasingly impatient for the federal air transport board to nominate an air line to do the job. I wonder if the minister would care to make a comment in regard to this statement.

Topic:   D.E.W. LINE-FORWARDING OF SUPPLIES THROUGH WINNIPEG AND CHURCHILL
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PC

Léon Balcer (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Leon Balcer (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I have not read the article in question, but I can assure the house that the air transport board has been in contact with the Federal Electric Corporation and the United States air force in regard to this matter. Discussions have been taking place for some time. I think I will be in a position later today or perhaps tomorrow morning to announce the new contract. I can assure this house that there is absolutely no risk or danger, that this contract would not be carried on.

Topic:   D.E.W. LINE-FORWARDING OF SUPPLIES THROUGH WINNIPEG AND CHURCHILL
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FINANCE

REQUEST FOR REPORT ON SMALL BUSINESS LOANS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Douglas Mason Fisher

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. D. M. Fisher (Port Arthur):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Minister of Finance whether he can give us any information regarding the first month's operations respecting small business loans because of the usefulness this information will be in the debate we are to undertake in relation to unemployment.

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REPORT ON SMALL BUSINESS LOANS
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister of Finance):

There is no report available as yet on this matter, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REPORT ON SMALL BUSINESS LOANS
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March 9, 1961